The rates listed on this website are U.S. dollar equivalents of peso prices, taxes included, as quoted by the hotel management at the time of writing. They are intended as a general guide only, and probably will only approximate the asking rate when you arrive. Some readers unfortunately try to bargain by telling desk clerks that, for example, the rate should be $30 because they read it in this guide. This is unwise, because it makes hotel managers and clerks reluctant to quote rates for fear readers might hold their hotel responsible for such quotes. As private businesses, hotels are free to raise their rates; conversely, if the price is too high, customers are entitled to take their business elsewhere.
In Oaxaca, hotel rates depend strongly upon inflation and season. To cancel the effect of the fluctuating Mexican peso, rates are reported in U.S. dollars. However, when settling your hotel bill, you should always insist on paying in pesos cash or by credit card, which by law must be marked in pesos.
Websites listed in the Internet Resources section might be a useful supplement.
© Bruce Whipperman from Moon Oaxaca, 5th edition